Kia Rondo as Tow Vehicle - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-29-2008, 11:06 AM   #1
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I have never seen mention of this vehicle on this the forum so I thought I would bring it to everyone's attention. When I was looking for our new TV this spring I needed to find a 4wd for our snowy conditions thus we ended up with a Subaru.

However, the Kia Rondo fit all of our needs. It can fit 6 people (packing extra kids to soccer games), has a great warranty, gets really good reviews, in 4cyl can do 1500lbs and in 6cyl can do 2000lbs. Best of all, it has great gas mileage - though prices have dropped now when the economy kicks back on in 2010 oil prices will be higher then ever.

Would I tow my Trillium across Canada with this? Maybe not, but for people with a couple of kids doing trips to their local campgrounds it seemed like the perfect fit.

.. and that's my two bits.
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:19 AM   #2
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Whoops, seats 7 - that's like 6 + 1
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:22 AM   #3
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Kia seems to be doing well in Canada.
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Old 10-30-2008, 02:55 PM   #5
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I have always marveled that Kia can actually sell a product whose name is the acronym for 'Killed In Action'....
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Old 10-30-2008, 04:24 PM   #6
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Well, there you go, what about that - I never noticed. Mind you 'Found On Road Dead' never stopped me from buying our ford wagon =)
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:22 PM   #7
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Mind you 'Found On Road Dead' never stopped me from buying our ford wagon =)
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I refer to ballcaps, etc., as FORD caps (Found On Road Dead)

And then there is plain, fresh roadkill -- The rats and I have enjoyed fresh Squirrel Jambalya that way!
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:29 AM   #11
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And then there is plain, fresh roadkill -- The rats and I have enjoyed fresh Squirrel Jambalya that way!
Why bother? Just take it here:

http://www.route66seligmanarizona.co...dkill_Cafe.php



BTW, the Kia Rondo is only rated for towing 1000#. My VW Golf has this rating!

http://www.kia.com/rondo/rondo-specs.php

The SPORTAGE has the 1500/2000# rating

http://www.kia.com/sportage/sportage-specs.php

The names across the top of the page seem to be ordered by towing capacity, left (most) to right (least). With the cars having none, only the SUV, crossover and van.
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:03 AM   #12
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Hmm, maybe it's a Canadian/American difference as the specs are pretty clear about towing capacity on the Canadian site:

http://www.kia.ca/cars/features/rondo
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I can only find a Class I hitch (etrailer.com) and without a Class III hitch there is no WDH. Also, no Air Lift bags are listed to help firm up the rear suspension. Really limits towing to very light trailers IMHO.

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I have found that, like salespersons, internet vehicle specs should be verified in the Owner's Manual before investment.

Just a reminder, remember that air shocks, air springs and overload springs do stiffen the ride of a vehicle but do NOTHING to correct the weights -- They merely jack up the rear body with no discernible effect on the suspension, esp the front end -- You could get the same leveling effect by inserting a 2x4 wedge between the rear springs and frame...

Don't believe it? First, read the fine print on Air Springs and what the manf says not to expect -- Next, find someone with air springs or air shocks, park the vehicle on a split-platform scale and air the suckers up and down, watching the weight on the front end.

These things have their uses, but transferring rear axle weights to the front is not one of them.
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